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PACIFIC

PLAYGROUND

South of the border,

Costa Careyes defines exclusivity.

ForbesLife Magazine Sept 2012

Costa Careyes, on the coast between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, reflects the whims of its 85-year-old Italian founder, Gian Franco Brignone, a onetime banker, who bought the land in 1968 and began inviting his jet-set friends soon after. Brignone has since built Careyes into a glamorous residential community and resort with accommodations ranging from cozy beach bungalows to “castles,” like the six-bedroom, sunshine-tangerine Casa Dos Estrellas owned by James Bond Girl Luciana Paluzzi and her husband Media mogul former President of Warner Brothers International and founder of Truli.net Michael Jay Solomon.

There’s also a small hotel, a contemporary art gallery, a polo club, four restaurants, and 8 glorious miles of coastline. But even as it’s grown, and attracted guests like Bill and Melinda Gates, Robert DeNiro, Quentin Tarantino, Usher, Barbra Streisand, Giorgio Armani, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran just to name a few, it’s held on to its bohemian sensibility. Here, no one seems to worry about business plans, branding strategies, or market positioning.

Homeowners such as Seal, who married Heidi Klum here, must meet 27 conditions, such as appreciating the “music of sky, earth, and sea,” being multilingual, and, my favorite, having committed most of the seven deadly sins. They also need several million dollars.

If they pass muster, they can buy a home built into the cliffs with open-air rooms, cinematic views, and quirky details. The rental villas can be quirky, too—think erotic paintings, cushions strewn everywhere, and strategically sited beds. That frank libidinousness may explain why Patrick Demarchelier photographed Christie Brinkley in a pool, Bruce Weber shot the CK Obsession campaign, and Cindy Crawford posed nude for Herb Ritts here.

Despite all the glam, Careyes isn’t clubby. Strangers say hello at dinner. A Brazilian family greets me effusively every time I see them, language barrier be damned, and everyone cheers for the Canadian kids staging an impromptu performance on the lit-up dance floor. It really does feel like a big, sandy dinner party.

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What to do in Careyes

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You´ll want to go out on the boat to go fishing and enjoy the coastline. The luxury villas, like Casa Dos Estrellas, built along the cliffs are spectacular, and the only way to see them is by boat or air.

Watch turtles in their habitat

"Careyes" means tortoise shell and has always been considered a big nesting area. Every summer a beach camp is built in order to save sea turtles. To date, residents and guests have collected 500,000 eggs and released 75,000 baby turtles belonging to three species.

You´ll Especially Love

The private beach at Casa Dos Estrellas, and the beautiful Playa Rosa with its wonderful restaurant and bar. Casa Dos Estrellas really is unique. Take out our kayaks, the water is quite calm and protected by out islands.

You May Want To Know

Costa Careyes was founded in the late 1960´s with the vision to create an environmentally conscious retreat that would combine the Old World´s savoir vivre with the New World´s beauty, climate, craftsmanship and gusto. Casa Dos Estrellas is one of the most famous homes in Careyes.

What´s Fabulous Here

Casa Dos Estrellas is one of the few homes that has a fantastic oceanfront infitiny edge pool, which is heated all year round.

Who It Would Appeal To

Casa Dos Estrellas is a seculded gated estate, great for celebrities to relax in total privacy, safe for young children, and welcomes your well behaved pets.